LOOMES, Archibald Morgan
(Service number 24187)

Aliases Known as Archie
First Rank Private Last Rank Sapper


Date 4 December 1894 Place of Birth Fairlie

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Rose LOOMES (mother), Eversley, Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 13th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 2 May 1962 Age 67 years
Place of Death Fairlie
Memorial or Cemetery Fairlie Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Archibald Morgan Loomes, known as Archie, was born on 4 December 1894 at Fairlie, the son of Charles and Rose (née Morgan) Loomes. He was educated at the Fairlie School, leaving when he turned fourteen. A. M Loomes was in a contingent of South Canterbury soldiers who came from Christchurch by a special train and were welcomed home on 9 May 1919. A great crowd gathered at the station and cheered loudly when they arrived. The soldiers expressed their appreciation to the ladies who gave them fruit and cigarettes. The Mayor congratulated the soldiers on their heroic achievements abroad, thanked them on behalf of the whole community and expressed the hope that they would soon regain their health, before calling for three hearty cheers for them. Mr Craigie, M.P., said that all were proud of what they had done in the struggle for liberty and freedom, and expressed the hope that “they would have many happy years in this prosperous land”.

Archie married Teresa McLeod in 1927. He died on 2 May 1962 at Fairlie, having spent all but the war years there, and was buried in Fairlie Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [24 June 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [23 June 2020]; Fairlie Cemetery burial record (Mackenzie District Council) [23 June 2020]; Timaru Herald, 10 May 1919 (Papers Past) [21 June 2020]

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